Home safety campaigns

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Blind cord safety

At least 33 young children across the UK have died because of looped blind cords since 2001 – that’s one or two children each year – and there will be many more near misses. We have worked with a range of partners to raise awareness of blind cord safety and have campaigned for safer blinds to be sold. More information can be found on our blind cords campaign page.

Report puts blind cord dangers in spotlight

A report which aims to help save children's lives by highlighting the dangers of looped blind cords and chains is to be released (July 2015).

The 30-page paper instigated by UK Chief Medical Officers calls for more appropriate deaths and near misses data to be recorded to better identify the scale of the problem.

The report also revealed that there are still millions of potentially unsafe blinds that were fitted in the UK prior to the introduction of new legislation in 2014.

For more information read the full report

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Choking and suffocation risk to babies from nappy sacks

Nappy sacks have recently been implicated in causing suffocation and choking of babies less than one year old. In September 2010, the death of a local baby due to asphyxia from a nappy sack was brought to the attention of Beth Beynon, Child Accident Prevention Co-ordinator for NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly (NHS CIOS). Find our more about the nappy sacks safety campaign

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New UK injury surveillance system

During 2008, RoSPA, ESC and Intertek commissioned research into the feasibility of replacing the Home and Leisure Accident Surveillance Systems (HASS/LASS). Read the outcome of this research

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Campaign successes

RoSPA's hot bath water safety campaign

Changes to the Building Regulations in April 2010 prove that sustained safety campaigning can bring about results which will have a real impact on saving lives and reducing injuries.

Tom Mullarkey, RoSPA Chief Executive, said: "The regulatory amendment sends out a clear message: hot bath water is a serious issue. RoSPA will continue to raise awareness of this and share the practical steps that people can take to prevent further cases of needless suffering."
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